Music is an abstract language and the ability to understand it is inherent in us from the moment we are born and even before that- while we are in the womb. Calming baby music has enormous benefits especially when you are about to put your little one to sleep.
The physiological and psychological aspect
Research has proven that calming baby music directly affects the respiratory system, the pulse, the blood pressure and even the electrical activity of the muscles. It was found that newborns who go to bed with soothing music (and it does not have to be classical music) are 25 per cent more likely to fall asleep in the next 5-10 minutes compared to babies who are not exposed to music.
Many mothers can tell that playing music for their infants helped relieve gas and teething pains. Crying dropped dramatically and the baby relaxed.
The cognitive aspect
Calming baby music also helps the development of important cognitive skills, in particular newborns’ ability to interact with their immediate surroundings. It was found that infants who were exposed to harmonic sounds right after they were born reacted with a smile a couple of months later when they listened to the same sounds. The brain can easily attune and remember music.
In fact, sounds are the primary means through which a baby can express himself. The more he is exposed to and uses basic sounds, the easier it will be for him to switch to more developed sounds that consist of syllables and later on words and sentences. Scientists agree that calming baby music is a highly efficient brain stimulus that is essential for the development of intelligence, listening ability and the absorption of language.
Simple ways to increase your baby’s exposure to musical sounds
Calming baby music can be combined with additional soothing sounds: bells, wind or rain. It’s well known that nature produces the best relaxing sounds for sleeping.
A good idea is to add a lullaby to the music. A mother’s voice is something the baby is used to since he was in the womb. That’s what gives him confidence and peace of mind more than anything else.
In addition, developmental psychologists emphasize the importance of developing eye contact with the baby while playing music, as this is a necessary condition for learning, listening and communicating.
So make music a part of your daily routine, when you feed your baby, during bath time and especially before and after you put him to sleep.